Spring Jam Fest Live Blog

The season is here! The Hoop Group has made its way to Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, PA for the 2015 Spring Jam Fest. The first of four Jam Fest tournaments this Spring, the Spring Jam Fest has a little extra hype to it since it is during the live recruiting period. That means lots of Division 1 coaches on hand to recruit and watch games. As always, follow the entire weekend on Twitter using the hashtag #HGJamFest.

Sunday, April 12th

3:30 pm
That ends the 2015 Spring Jam Fest. Congrats to all of our championship teams and thank to everyone who made the trip out here. We saw a lot of great teams, players, and passionate fans. Don’t forget to check us out on Twitter, Facebook and the blog section of our website for full coverage. Good night everyone!

3:20 pm
Last three champs crowned.

15u Nook: Team Rio

15u Spooky: DC Thunder

17u: River City Reign

2:10 pm
Our first group of champions are crowned!

14u: Team Takeover Orange

16u: Jersey Shore Warriors

Open: Canaries Basketball

Congratulations to our champions! 3 more finals coming up to end the day.

1:01 pm
3 championships tipping off right now. 14, 16 and Open brackets. 3 more will follow at 2. Follow us on Twitter for live updates!

12:00 pm

10:51 am
How did Team Loaded (757) get into the Final Four? Well it took some late game heroics…

10:24 am
Your 16u and 17u Final Four:

Wisconsin United vs. Team Price
Jersey Shore Warriors vs. JB Hoops

River City Reign vs Team Loaded
Jersey Shore Warriors vs NJ Shoreshots-Pooley

9:46 am
Early Top Performer Candidate! 2017 Jalin Suber knocks down 4/5 three pointers in the first half against Castle Athletics. 16u Team Price is moving to the Final Four thanks in part to his scoring!

8:42 am
16u Wisconsin United off to a strong start in their Elite Eight game versus Northern Kings. George Dixon leading the charge on the offensive glass, second chance points are killer!

8:01 am

Sundays mean one thing…championships and trophies! 6 championships will be played for today and a number of teams have legitimate chances to win the title in every bracket. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned to find out! –@TheHoopGroup

Saturday, April 11th


10:20 pm

Nj Shoreshots-Pooley comes away with a win over Team Takeover Orange. Shoreshots trailed by 5 at half, but a bug second half run gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Led by as many as 9 and ended up winning by 8. Our 17u Elite 8 is now set!


9:07 pm

Cookies! What better way to end a long day of hoops than nail biters! We R1 and Mid Atlantic Select are going down to the wire.


8:23 pm
It wouldn’t be a Hoop Group tournament without the Jersey Shore Warriors making a deep run. They’re pulling away from the NJ Roadrunners and have their sights set on the Elite Eight!

7:42 pm
One of the more exciting games of the evening came when Jersey City Boys & Girls took River City Reign into overtime. Jermain Matthews came up big with an offense rebound, put back, and then a defensive rebound to seal the game. 2016 Matthews is a great looking prospect. –@JN_Albano

6:57 pm
Castle Athletics 16u team put together a great team effort and took down Team Final Black. They will move on!

6:21 pm
Team Rio making a case to be the favorites to win the 15u Nook bracket with 2 big time wins today…oh, and they’re 14.

6:04 pm
First 17U Elite Eight is set! Karolina Diamonds got all they could handle from Shoreshots-Rice. Things were looking uncertain for the top seed for a little while, but they managed to sneak away in the closing minutes. Meanwhile Team Loaded (757) came back from an early 12 point deficit to top MD3D Red. Expect a close one tomorrow morning!-@TheHoopGroup

5:22 pm
Team Takeover showed one of the best defensive games of the weekend, holding their opponent to just 18 points! They face NJ Shoreshots-Pooley next.

4:48 pm
A poor man’s Steph Curry isn’t too bad these days! Geo Baker (Pinkerton Academy ’17) playing well for DC Blue Devils (NH).

3:31 pm
These 10 players showed their skill last night. Who will be a top performer for Saturday? Stay tuned to find out!

2:47 pm
Said it before, but we’ll say it again…Hoop Group gets you seen! Tons of colleges have been in the building all day recruiting. Now we’re seeing some bigger schools, like Dayton’s Archie Miller. –@TheHoopGroup

2:09 pm

1:47 pm
A great game to watch for any team looking for a guard was the NJ Roadrunners and Positive Image. Jonathan Lawton (pictured) is one of the top unsigned seniors in the building, and Roadrunner’s guard Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep ’16) is a playmaker as well.

1:01 pm

May not be March, but it’s still madness in here right now! #HGJamFest

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12:01 pm
Couple close games just finishing up. NJ Rockits held off TNBA (OH) and their last second chance to win. Meanwhile WE R1 (DE) gave River City Reign (VA) all they could handle for 30 minutes, but Reign were able to pull away in the last two. Both teams advance. –@TheHoopGroup

11:21 pm
Coaches are piling in…Spooky Nook is started to get crowded!

10:57 pm One of our first 17U sweet 16 match ups is set:

Karolina Diamonds vs. NJ Shoreshots-Rice

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10:13 pm Canaries Basketball Academy, a Spain program, is the big topic this morning. Tons of size and Division 1 talent on that squad, and coaches were noticing!


9:32 pm Day 2 here at Spooky! Championships aren’t won today, but they can be lost. 14, 15, and Open divisions will have their first games played today and the 16s and 17s will come one step closer to seeing a champion crowned. Stay tuned for all the action! –@TheHoopGroup

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Friday, April 10th 10:56 pm That’ll wrap up Day 1 of the Spring Jam Fest. Saw a couple guys come ready to play and a lot of teams who have a chance to make a run. Tomorrow is a HUGE day of hoops. First games start promptly at 8:45 am. We’ll see our first look at the 14s, 15s and Open divisions!-@TheHoopGroup 10:34 pm The We R1 (DE) squad had an exciting first game today. After receiving a first round bye, they took on Sons 4 Life in a second round match. A winner could not be decided in regulation so we went to OT…first to 3 points wins. In the overtime, Zay Jennings knocked down a “walk off” three to advance We R1. They will face River City Reign on Saturday! 9:54 pm In the 16U bracket, top seeds NYC Jayhawks and Uncommon Bulls advance with wins. Both teams could potentially see each other in the seminfinals…still a ton of basketball to be played before that though!-@JN_Albano 9:20 pm River City Reign made the trip from Virginia, and are up double digits on the NY Gauchos. Could be a deep tourny run for them. IMG_7246 8:33 pm Couple teams from out of the country here this weekend. One of them, the Northen Kings, picked up a win in round one.

7:42 pm 17u Jersey Force and MD3D had a tight one to start the evening. One of the best match ups of the young tournament. MD3D edged the Force to advance- @TheHoopGroup CCQ5pSpUwAQx8_e 7:01 pm First games in the books. Some teams moving on, some players playing well.

6:34 pm Teams traveling from all over were excited to get to Spooky today. Here are just a few:

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